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Easy Drawing in the Gardens

Make drawing easier and more enjoyable by learning the basics of perspective, composition control and the use of reference points and lines. This approach can be sculptural in nature, starting with a large and basic composition and finishing with details. After classroom instruction, students move outdoors and practice the techniques by drawing and sketching in the Gardens.

Price: $44, $36 members

Instructor: Mitch Caster teaches drawing at the Art Students League of Denver, and before that, at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. He started his career as a news artist and courtroom illustrator. Mitch now works as a fine artist and shows his paintings in galleries in Colorado, New Mexico and Texas.

 

 

Enjoying Nature with Fountain Pens

Using fountain pens is a wonderfully different and relaxing way to write and draw, especially when combined with nature! This course will teach you the basics of using and maintaining a fountain pen. You will also have an opportunity to sample various types of pens, paper and ink to help you decide which you prefer. You’ll even receive a fountain pen and notebook that are yours to keep! Open to all skill levels. Lecture style class with a hands-on portion that allows students to try out different fountain pens, inks and papers.

 

Price: $49, $45 member

Instructor: John Bosley is a professional photographer in Denver, CO. He is also a long-time collector of fountain pens and is the creator of FountainPenLove.com, a site dedicated to people who love using, collecting and learning about fountain pens.

Evening Vinyasa Yoga at the Gardens

Looking for an amazing place to practice your yoga skills, how about the beautiful Denver Botanic Gardens?

Vinyasa yoga weaves beautiful movement with challenging postures, and cultivates a sense of peace and calm by the end of each yoga class. Practicing vinyasa yoga on a daily basis can improve posture, flexibility, and endurance. Beyond the physical benefits, yoga helps to bring a sense of clarity to challenging situations in life, reminds us to stay present and focused in an ever-changing environment, and can help us find happiness and contentment in our surroundings.

The postures practiced in this challenging class will promote alignment, flexibility, focus, endurance and help detoxify the body.

 

Instructor: Blake Burger

Skill level: All levels welcome

Price: $12, $10 members

Special Instructions: Please bring a mat, a towel and water. Walk-ins are welcome for members or non-members! Please bring cash if possible but credit cards are also accepted. This class will be located in the Morrison Center (north end of the Children's Garden).

 

Photo: Perfecto Insecto (Flickr)

 

Exploits in Watercolor

Looking for an adventure with early summer flowers? Roll up your sleeves, put on your apron and load your brushes! Dab, charge, blend and bleed; explore the properties of watercolor while painting fruits and vegetables. Expand your watercolor skills as you learn the importance of water management in watercolor painting. Students will experiment by painting on heavyweight watercolor paper with large brushes. Maybe it’s time to step out of your comfort zone and advance your wet-on-wet painting skills. Then relax and drybrush your way to a refined-study painting.

 

Prerequisite: Botanical Illustration in Watercolor I.

 

Fee: $260 member, $310 non-member.

 

Date(s):

Fri-Sun, June 14-16, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Instructor: Constance Sayas

 

Exploratory Field Sketching

Calling all inquisitive minds! Do you enjoy wandering the Gardens and exploring fascinating plant species? Do you often wonder who pollinates certain plants? As a group, we’ll engage in discovery walks around the Gardens, observing the spring flowers that are just emerging. Each week, you’ll select one plant or flower that you find intriguing and you’ll create a series of field sketches to document every detail of your subject. Taking your findings into your studio, you’ll conduct research to identify the species, understand its taxonomy, and discover its scientific name and any information that you find interesting. Possible themes might include dissection studies, documenting unique anatomical features, describing the life cycle of the plant, exploring plant origin and ethnobotany, pollinator partnerships or any characteristic that captures your attention. Using this information, you’ll finish your page of field sketches at home to present in an informal storytelling session at the beginning of the next class. The class will include a tour of the Helen Fowler Library at the Gardens to explore resources for researching your subject.

Prerequisite: Botanical Illustration in Pen and Ink I or entry-level botanical illustration in color media.

 

Fee: $260 member, $310 non-member.

 

Date(s):

Mon, March 25, April 1, 15, 22, 29, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Charlotte Ricker

 

Explore Mount Goliath's Weathered Beauty

We’ll continue documenting the wildflowers on Mount Goliath for future interpretational material. Mount Goliath is North America’s highest constructed rock alpine garden, with some 250 species of alpine and subalpine wildflowers and a grove of 1,600-year-old-plus bristlecone pines. You’ll start with a garden specialist, and you’ll have the opportunity to become familiar with the blooming wildflowers before selecting and sketching your specimen. The following week, we’ll return to the site and do some more documentation prior to our work in the classroom. You’ll choose your medium and work toward a future interpretational guide for the site.

 

Prerequisites: Botanical Illustration in Pen and Ink I, Botanical Illustration in Colored Pencil I or Botanical Illustration in Watercolor I.

Fee: $310 member, $370 non-member.

 

Date(s):

Wed, June 19, 9 a.m. – noon (Denver Botanic Gardens), June 26, July 3, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. (Mount Goliath Nature Center), July 10, 17, 24, 9 a.m. – noon (Denver Botanic Gardens)

Instructor: Randy Raak

 

Expressive Ink Essentials

Experience ink with a fresh flair. Step away from tradition to try new techniques. Trade your technical pen for a quill and brush and learn to express ink lines in a relaxed and painterly fashion. Demonstration and practice prepare you to start your own drawing. Build a progressive composition as you bring seasonal seedpods, barks and grasses to life, one at a time. Experiment with techniques for effectively depicting line, form and texture. Complete a dynamic botanical study and enjoy a fresh, fun way to approach this time-honored medium.

 

Prerequisite: Botanical Illustration in Pen and Ink I.

 

Fee: $250 member, $300 non-member.

 

Date(s):

Tue, May 7, 14, 21, 28, June 4, 1-4 p.m.

Instructor: Susan DiMarchi

 

Extending the Garden Season in Colorado

Rocky Mountain Gardening Elective

This class will help you to develop your skills in succession planting and extending the growing season to get 11-12 months from your vegetable garden. Learn the importance of plant family names and how to group them successfully and rotate them, cool and warm season crops and when and if you can replant for another season of certain crops. We will also cover techniques and materials to extend the season successfully so you can plant early in spring and keep certain crops going until late fall and into winter.

 

Instructor: Patti O'Neal

Price: $44, $39 members

 

Family Fun Night: Stories and S'mores

Say goodbye to spring and celebrate the start of summer! Make s’mores, play games and explore Mordecai Children’s Garden as a family. Special guest storyteller Cliff Davidson will join us and share family friendly stories.

 

Family Fun Nights are a unique opportunity to explore the Children's Garden after-hours. Families are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner to enjoy in the Children's Garden.

 

Price: $9 nonmember child, $7 member child; $9 nonmember adult, $7 member adult. Children 2 and under are free. Preregistration is required.

 

Special Instructions: Entrance to Family Fun Night is through the Morrison Gate located at 11th Ave. and York St. Gate will open at 5:30 p.m.

Family Workshop: Plants in Your Pizza

You can put almost anything on a pizza! Discover this favorite Italian dish and the plants that make it possible. Make a mini pizza to taste in class and plant a pizza herb garden to take home.

Family Workshops at Denver Botanic Gardens are a great way for families to spend time together while discovering the diversity and importance of plants. Workshops offer families a hands-on opportunity to learn about the science and enchantment behind the plants in our everyday lives, create tasty treats from scratch and explore the natural world.

Classes are designed for families with children ages 5-10. Preregistration is required and class size is limited.

All adults attending the workshop must register for the program. Non-participating siblings do not participate in the activities.

Price: $12 non-member adult, $10 member adult; $17 non-member child, $15 member child

Family Workshop: Weaving Works of Wonder

Gather the family and discover the wonders of weaving as you explore Chatfield Farms' feature art installation by Patrick Dougherty. Take a guided walk in and around Dougherty's larger-than-life site-specific installation. Complete your experience by weaving natural materials to create small-scale outdoor ornaments for your family. Preregistration is required and class size is limited.

 

Workshops offer families a hands-on opportunity to learn about the science and enchantment behind the plants in our everyday lives, create tasty treats from scratch and explore the natural world. Classes are designed for families with children ages 5-10.

 

Special Instructions: This program takes place at Denver Botanic Gardens' Chatfield Farms located at 8500 W Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton, CO 80128.

 

Price: $12 non-member adult, $10 member adult; $17 non-member child, $15 member child

All adults attending the workshop must register for the program. Non-participating siblings do not participate in the activities.

 

Photo Credit: Ready or Not (2013) North Carolina Zoo, Asheboro, NC. Photo: Juan Villa

Feeding Communities, An Introduction to Urban Farming

The Feeding Communities course provides an overview of all the skills necessary to plan and manage an urban agriculture project ranging in size from a backyard garden to a multi-acre city lot. Included in this course are lessons on design, soil prep, tool usage, seed starting, pest and diseases, harvesting, and next steps. All lessons are taught by professionals in the urban agriculture field.

Instructor: Brien Darby has worked for the Denver Botanic Gardens for over five years both in the greenhouses and as the urban agriculture specialist. She is passionate about vegetable growing, composting, and sustainability. In addition to serving on the board of directors for the American Community Gardening Association, Brien serves locally on the Colorado Food Guild and the Denver Local Food Shift committee. Before working for the Botanic Gardens, Brien worked as the farm manager for 63rd Street Farms in Boulder, CO and attended college at Naropa University, also in Boulder, CO.

Price: $95, $85 members

Special Instructions: 1.5 semester hour of graduate level relicensure credit from the Colorado School of Mines is available on the day of the class for an additional $85.

 

 

 

Figure Drawing

With a live model in class, learn a structural approach to drawing the figure: how to capture gesture, understand human proportions and model the form.

 

Price: $52, $44 member

Instructor: Mitch Caster teaches drawing at the Art Students League of Denver, and before that, at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. He started his career as a news artist and courtroom illustrator. Mitch now works as a fine artist and shows his paintings in galleries in Colorado, New Mexico and Texas.

Five Seasons: The Gardens Of Piet Oudolf, Film Viewing and Lecture

“For me, garden design isn’t just about plants, it is about emotion, atmosphere, a sense of contemplation. You try to move people with what you do. You look at this, and it goes deeper than what you see. It reminds you of something in the genes — nature, or the longing for nature.” – Piet Oudolf

 

After completing a feature documentary on New York’s High Line, award-winning filmmaker Thomas Piper met the inspirational designer and plantsman, Piet Oudolf, and the idea for a new project was born. Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf immerses viewers in Oudolf’s work and takes us inside his creative process, from his beautifully abstract sketches, to theories on beauty, to the ecological implications of his ideas. Intimate discussions take place through all fours seasons in Piet’s own gardens at Hummelo, and on visits to his signature public works in New York, Chicago, and the Netherlands, as well as to the far-flung locations that inspire his genius, including desert wildflowers in West Texas and post-industrial forests in Pennsylvania. As a narrative thread, the film also follows Oudolf as he designs and installs a major new garden at Hauser & Wirth Somerset, a gallery and arts center in Southwest England, a garden he considers his best work yet. Piet Oudolf has radically redefined what gardens can be. As Rick Darke, the famous botanist, says to Piet in the film, “your work teaches us to see what we have been unable to see.” Through poetic cinematography and unique access, Five Seasons reveals all that Piet sees, and celebrate all that we as viewers have been unable to see.

 

Film viewing and talk with Thomas Piper

Thursday, April 18, 6 - 8 p.m. in Sharp Auditorium

Denver Art Museum

100 W 14th Ave Pkwy, Denver, CO 80204

$10.00 Public

 

Bios Piet Oudolf Piet Oudolf was born in 1944 in Haarlem, Netherlands. Since 1982, he has lived and worked in Hummelo, a tiny village in east Netherlands, where he started a nursery with his wife Anja, to grow perennials. His garden has since become renowned for its radical approach and ideas about planting design.

Oudolf also co-founded Future Plants, a company specializing in selecting, growing, breeding and protecting plants for landscaping and public areas. Oudolf`s recent projects include No. 5 Culture Chanel, Paris, France; The High Line, New York NY; Lurie Garden, Millennium Park, Chicago IL; Serpentine Gallery, London, England, and the Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy.

Oudolf is also a successful author, having co-written numerous books such as; “Planting: A New Perspective” (2013); “Landscapes in Landscapes” (2011); “Gardening with Grasses” (1998); “Designing with Plants and Planting Design” (1999); “Dream Plants for the Natural Garden” (2000); “Planting the Natural Garden” (2003), and “Planting Design: Gardens in Time and Space” (2005). In his 35-year career, Oudolf has achieved international acclaim, and has recently been awarded an Honorary Fellowship from RIBA for developing radical ideas in Planting Design (2012) and the Prince Bernhard Cultural Foundation Award (2013).

 

 

Thomas Piper is an award-winning non-fiction filmmaker, specializing in documenting the contemporary arts. He has directed, photographed and edited over 30 films on subjects including the visual artists Pablo Picasso, Ellsworth Kelly, Sol LeWitt, Alex Katz, and Kiki Smith; architects including Frank Lloyd Wright, Peter Eisenman, Jeanne Gang, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Thom Mayne, Jean Nouvel, and Steven Holl; and the writer James Salter.

Thomas is Director of Production for the Checkerboard Film Foundation, responsible for directing, shooting, and editing long-format documentaries on individuals who have made important contributions to the contemporary arts.

Credits Producer & Director : Thomas Piper Director of Photography : Thomas Piper Editing : Thomas Piper, Sara Pellegrini, Rachel Shuman, Corinne van der Borch Music : Davíð Þór Jónsson, Charles Gansa Sound Design : Bill Donnelly Title Design: Work-Order Timelapse Animation: Triplenode Additional Cinematography: Oral User, David Sampliner, Santiago Posada, Martin Hampton Drone Photography: Joshua Edkins/Dronescope Co-producer : Checkerboard Film Foundation Associate Producers : Malcolm Wyer, Grace Zinnel, Chase Damon, Amanda Rosen Legal: Pat Ryan, Innes Smolansky Distribution Consultants: Peter Broderick, Monique Busman, Elena Hill

Food: Recipes for Healing and Healthy Living

One of the most potent, practical and preventative forms of plant remedies is thoughtfully grown and prepared food. Join us as we harvest and dry herbs from the garden that we also use to make delicious foods like pesto, pickles and krauts! As a class, we will prepare a small jar of sauerkraut to take home. We discuss microbiomes, vital vitamins, minerals and probiotics to be aware of, as well as nutrient-dense herbs that are sure to supply them plentifully while providing other benefits. We explore the culinary world and incorporate herbs in every bite and sip of smoothie, juice, broth, soup, seasoning, marinade, sauce, ferment, dessert, salad, baked good and beyond!

 

Price: $145, public

Instructor: Amberle Suski and Cynthia Farris

Amberle is a Colorado native who has been working as a holistic healthcare practitioner in the Denver community for over seven years. She is trained and certified in community herbalism, permaculture design, reflexology, reiki and wellness coaching. Amberle aims to connect with people in need of support to enable them to mindfully, skillfully and confidently care for themselves, others and their environment. She believes that people flourish as they take ownership of their health and quality of life through tapping into education, intuition, empowerment, community, nature, spirit and sharing the highs and lows of life. She can be found farming, gardening, telling people way more than they wanted to know about plants and playing with plants in an unending variety of inspired ways! Her herbal products, integrative healing sessions, educational offerings and therapeutic gardening guidance and services are uniquely tailored by employing a variety of strategies such as bodywork, traditional spiritual healing, gems and essences, nature exploration, in-depth interactive research, DIY formulations, permaculture, regenerative growing, and plant-based foods and medicines.

 

Cynthia Farris designs personalized nutrition and lifestyle programs for nature lovers wanting to heal digestive and immune issues naturally. Many of these approaches honor the simple, close-to-the-earth approaches of our ancestors. She believes that good health begins with a joyful gut, which is created through gentle and easy-to-incorporate daily practices. Trained as a functional nutritionist, she focuses on root cause-resolution of symptoms resulting in happy bellies, vibrant energy, uplifted mood and sustainable wellness. She holds certifications in functional nutrition and lifestyle practices, fermentation and transformational coaching, is a board certified holistic health coach and certified gluten practitioner. For more on Cynthia and her services, please see www.TheGutCoach.com.  

 

Formulating with Herbs

This class is a culmination whereby students put into practice what they have learned. We explore the art of combining herbs to make effective and good tasting formulas, both in tincture and tea form. Pertinent to the conversation is botanical safety and dosage strategies, and students learn basic interview and assessment skills and apply them to mock case studies.

 

Price: $52 public

Instructor: Cat Pantaleo

Cat is a holistic practitioner and wellness educator with 19 years of professional experience assisting people to achieve optimal physical and emotional health. Utilizing her skills as a certified herbalist, nutritionist, nature and forest therapy guide, and practitioner of nonviolent communication, she skillfully incorporates a combination of wellness practices into her work with the intention of empowering people to co-create optimal wellness for themselves and their communities. Currently, her focus is facilitating resilience, restoration and deep nourishment for body, mind and spirit through optimal nutrition, plant medicine and nature immersion. She offers a variety of community classes, plant walks and nature connection experiences, and is pursuing a master s degree in ecopsychology in alignment with her commitment to bridge the perceived gap between humans and the natural world for the benefit of both.

 

Garden Guru Tour

Immerse yourself in the Gardens with a horticulturist as your guide. Gain insight into living museum collections and walk away with gardening tips from an expert. Please note that every tour has its own emphasis and is led by a different horticulturist.

 

March 7, 2 p.m.: Bromeliads with Scott Preusser, conservatory horticulturist

March 28, 10 a.m.: Spring garden preparation with Dan Johnson, associate director of horticulture and curator of native plants

April 26, 2 p.m.: Bulbs with Sonya Anderson, horticulture specialist, Plant Select/pollinator gardens

June 3, 10 a.m.: Hardy cacti with Nick Daniel, horticulture specialist, cactus and succulent collection

July 25, 9:30 a.m.: Medicinal plants with Blake Burger, specialty horticulturist

September 10, 11 a.m.: Bonsai with Larry Jackel, bonsai specialist

 

Price: $17, $15 member

 

Special instructions: Tours can be both indoors and outdoors; dress accordingly for the weather. Water, sunscreen and sunglasses are recommended. Please bring booking confirmation. Meet guide in the lobby of the Boettcher Memorial Center after entering through the Gardens main entrance. Tours are one hour long.

 

Notes: Prices include admission to the Gardens. Tours with low registration are subject to cancellation. These tours are not available for private parties.

Garden Harvest and Roots

Fall is the perfect season for connecting with roots. We spend time grounding and digging medicinal roots in the garden, discussing seasonal energy patterns, preventative care, digging tools & good practices regarding harvesting roots. Fall can also be chaotic and stressful, so we will make an immune-boosting, sickness-fighting, stress-combatting remedies like cough syrup. Many of the roots we learn about contain inulin, so a discussion of prebiotics, digestive health, fermentation and immunity is explored as well.

 

Price: $52 public

Instructor: Amberle Suski and Cynthia Farris

Amberle is a Colorado native who has been working as a holistic healthcare practitioner in the Denver community for over seven years. She is trained and certified in community herbalism, permaculture design, reflexology, reiki and wellness coaching. Amberle aims to connect with people in need of support to enable them to mindfully, skillfully and confidently care for themselves, others and their environment. She believes that people flourish as they take ownership of their health and quality of life through tapping into education, intuition, empowerment, community, nature, spirit and sharing the highs and lows of life. She can be found farming, gardening, telling people way more than they wanted to know about plants and playing with plants in an unending variety of inspired ways! Her herbal products, integrative healing sessions, educational offerings and therapeutic gardening guidance and services are uniquely tailored by employing a variety of strategies such as bodywork, traditional spiritual healing, gems and essences, nature exploration, in-depth interactive research, DIY formulations, permaculture, regenerative growing, and plant-based foods and medicines.

Cynthia Farris designs personalized nutrition and lifestyle programs for nature lovers wanting to heal digestive and immune issues naturally. Many of these approaches honor the simple, close-to-the-earth approaches of our ancestors. She believes that good health begins with a joyful gut, which is created through gentle and easy-to-incorporate daily practices. Trained as a functional nutritionist, she focuses on root cause-resolution of symptoms resulting in happy bellies, vibrant energy, uplifted mood and sustainable wellness. She holds certifications in functional nutrition and lifestyle practices, fermentation and transformational coaching, is a board

 

Garden to Glass, Summer Drinks and Tapas Workshop

Learn how to make the most of your summertime libations. Participants learn to make refreshing aqua frescas, extraordinary elixirs, and sensational syrups made from fruits and herbs from the garden and summer markets. Become your own mixologist and dazzle your family and guests with custom crafted cocktails and delicious thirst quenchers. Create delecious tapas to go along with drinks. Add some sparkle to those summer gatherings! Handout with recipes, drink samples, and tapas included.

 

Instructor: Susan Evans

Price: $65, $60 members, $28 included for materials

Special Instructions: Cooking class, plant list with growing hints, beverage and tapas tasting and take home fruity shrub concentrate and bitters. No alcohol will be served.

Image: Courtesy of Amy Stewart

 

Gift of Individual

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1 membership card (Only valid for named card holder)

1 person admitted per visit (card holder)

Advance ticketing for Summer Concert Series (Day 5)

2 complimentary tickets to Blossoms of Light at York Street

3 one-time use guest passes

Entry to our Member Mornings where the Gardens are open just to members

Subscription to the Gardens' quarterly printed magazine

Receipt of our monthly Botanic Buzz e-newsletter

 

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